GREENVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Two Greenville, Missouri students are making a big difference in their school, community, and even across the U.S., and they're getting national recognition for it.
"We chose this because we knew our community was having problems with hunger," Autumn Scott said.
Their mission is to help end childhood hunger, starting in their hometown of Greenville.
"We raised over 1,000 dollars, about 1,412 dollars. And 416 cans donated to the backpack project," Scott said.
Soon-to-be senior Autumn and her classmate Kayla Scherr got passionate about their project when they found out more than 70 percent of their peers are on the school's free and reduced lunch program.
"It's just kind of hard because some of your friends go through it and you don't know what to do," Scherr said.
Through fundraisers from penny drives to auctions, these kids got to work.
"It made me see how much they cared, how compassionate they are and that they didn't just care and are compassionate, they did something to change it," Amanda Miller said.
Miller is the students FCCLA adviser. She said their passion and determination to help end childhood hunger is what made their project stand out among other students'.
"Everyone in the nation can submit from all the schools, all over the US. Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and they select the top 15," Miller said.
Kayla and Autumn represented Greenville in Washington, D.C. and showed their project and its success to a panel of judges.
"[We had to] present to judges and they look at our website and they rank us from that," Scherr said.
They came away with second place in the entire country. It's an awesome accomplishment, but it's not the title that keeps them going.
"Yes, they raised over 400 can goods for here in our community, but the 1,400 dollars they raised went to Washington to help kids fight hunger all over the nation," Miller said.
And the best part is, they're not stopping here.
"We are going to keep fundraising for this and hopefully next year we can raise a lot more and make a bigger difference," Scott said.
Greenville is a small community; and the school has about 860 students district-wide. Kayla and Autumn say no matter where you come from, it only takes a powerful few to make a difference.
For info on how you can get involved with their efforts, check out their website.